More states should participate in India's football revolution- Renedy Singh

| Updated: May 31, 2017 11:11 IST

New Delhi [India], May 31 (ANI): Looks like Northeast India is in a state of celebration like never before! The region, known as one of football's biggest hotbeds in the country, got its due with Aizawl FC and Neroca FC being coronated champions in the I-league and second division league respectively. Renedy Singh, one of the biggest names from the region to don Indian colours, believes that the series of football events this year is a success story not only for the state, but for the country as a whole. He said, "The contribution of Aizawl FC, Shillong Lajong and Neroca FC will not only amplify the love for Football in Northeast India but also provides hope for other cities and states to develop football and create their own success story. The future of Indian football should stem from having teams from across the country. We need more participation from states like Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Rajasthan or even football centric cities like Siliguri, Thiruvananthapuram and Hyderabad to revolutionise football in India." When asked about the dual league and its implications on the players, Renedy said, "It's too early to talk about the roadmap and we will receive clarity only post the AFC meeting on 7th June where we will be present as well. As the President of the FPAI, I will be more than happy if there were 20 or even 30 teams playing throughout the year in a longer league format and players are provided extended contracts. Longer leagues will only make the Indian football ecosystem sustainable for the clubs as well as the players." Adding, "The positive side of having multiple leagues is that we get an opportunity to see an increase in the number of players and the same players don't juggle between two clubs in a year. More players will be employed, and will get an opportunity to play at a professional level. This system will also help the national team and the overall player development, as we will see 400 to 500 professional players competing at the national level compared to 150 to 200 players we have seen in the past 2 to 3 seasons. That is the only way wherein we can see active participation of players from various states across the country." (ANI)